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Title Christ Calling his First Disciples, Simon, Andrew, James and John
Original Translation Jesus ruft Seine Ersten Jünger, Simon, Andreas, Jakob und Johannes
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Brenner, Adam (Austrian artist, 1800-1891)
Date 1839 (dated)
Signed yes

This painting of Christ calling his first disciples is by the little-known Austrian artist Adam Brenner. Christ is shown in the centre of the composition with the two sets of brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, James and John. All were fishermen and Brenner shows them on the shore with their nets. The artist's name and the date are inscribed in the sand.

Brenner trained at the Academy in Vienna and he remained a life-long adherent of academic values. He generally painted historical subjects in a detailed style which owed much to the German Nazarene Brotherhood.

Current Accession Number L.F146.1964.0.0
Former Accession Number 146 A 1964
Inscription front lc (on sand) 'Adam Brenner pinx. 1839'
Subject figure; landscape; marine; religion; still life; trade and industry
Measurements 62.5 x 78.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Jarrett 1964.
Principal Exhibitions The Expressionist Revolution in German Art, 1871-1933, Leicester Museum, 1978, cat. no. 5.
Publications Herbert, B., and A. Hinshelwood, The Expressionist Revolution in Art, 1871 - 1933, Leicester, 1978, cat. no. 5, p. 56, ill.
Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith




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